Experts Pick the Best Mountain Bike Trails in the World, By Country

Peru

The Lares Trail

The Lares Trail in Peru is typically ridden as a shuttle route, since the starting elevation sits all the way up at 14,500 feet above sea level. Mike Brcic from Sacred Rides says, “it’s often cold and drizzly at this high altitude, where there is little vegetation, and most people find themselves short of breath.” However, “the climate quickly improves and the oxygen gets more plentiful as you descend, passing through spectacular Andes landscapes and Inca villages and dropping almost 5,000 vertical feet over 13 miles.” Sacred Rides offers a guided ride of the Lares Trail as a part of their Inca Adventure Downhill and All Mountain trips.

Inca Avalanche DH

Located within the same region as the Lares Trail near the town of Ollantaytambo, the Inca Avalanche DH route starts at an elevation of almost 16,000 feet and drops nearly 6,000 feet along the way. Top riders, like those competing during the annual Inca Avalanche Trail Festival, have been known to complete the entire run in under 25 minutes.

Philippines

Timberland

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With nearly 100km of trails claimed to exist in the Timberland network, it’s no wonder some call this the capital of mountain biking in the Philippines. Timberland is one of the few places riders can find purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Philippines, and the venue regularly hosts races and mountain bike events.

Spain

El Gallinero

photo: TrackMTB
photo: TrackMTB

Nathan Powell, a guide with TrackMTB in Spain, tells us the Lost Valley of Benasque, located in northern Spain, is an “Enduro heaven [offering] breathtaking landscapes, as well as jaw-dropping technical treats.” And for travelers visiting this zone, the 30km El Gallinero route is not to be missed. Nathan says, “you’ll find everything on this trail, from high alpine plains, fast flowy singletrack, hairy technical sections, and woody dirt goodness.” Visitors can experience El Gallinero and some of the other excellent Benasque area trails as a part of TrackMTB’s Big Mountains Pyrenees Trip or MTBDreams’ Enduro Tour Pyrenees.

Next up: South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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